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You Ought To Be Able To Carry A Weapon – Today’s Quote

I personally think, if you’re trained for combat, you ought to be able to carry a weapon… Rep Mike McCaul via Let soldiers ‘carry’ on base – Tal Kopan – POLITICO.com Andrew’s Note:  I frequently spend time on Fort Hood and am always irked by the requirement that I disarm myself before travelling onto that and every other military post.  Why must I chose to be a victim in order to serve my country.  This past week the President came to Fort Hood for the memorial ceremony and I spent some time there watching the massive influx of uniformed and plainclothes Secret Service protection as well as what seemed to be every other armed federal law enforcement officer in Texas show up.  Why do so many of our political and military leaders believe that service members shouldn’t be able to defend themselves once they get back to the United States.  I’m not suggesting that the military honor every state’s CCW license…just create a system of its own so that people don’t target soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen because they know that they won’t be armed. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Sheriff Clarke on Defending Yourself – Today’s Quote

I need you in the game…  With officers laid off and furloughed, simply calling 911 and waiting is no longer your best option…  You can beg for mercy from a violent criminal, hide under the bed, or you can fight back. … Consider taking a certified safety course in handling a firearm so you can defend yourself until we get there. Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke Jr. via Wisconsin sheriff urges residents to arm themselves | Fox News. FacebookPinterestGoogleRedditTwitterTumblrEmailPrintPocketMoreLinkedInLike this:Like...

Guns Don’t Believe In You Either

What’s the proper response when someone tells you “I don’t believe in guns?”  You know you should just walk away and not (verbally) engage…but why not have a little fun… maybe you’re bored… some times it’s just fun to poke the bear.  I used to ask the person if he or she “believed in hammers and screwdrivers” but usually just got a blank stare.  It’ no fun if you have to explain “they’re all tools, lady.” The past year or so I’ve switched my response…when someone goes out to their way to tell me “I don’t believe in guns” my response is “that’s O.K., guns don’t believe in you either.”  and then I walk away.  It’s just a waste of everyone’s time to try to educate an unwilling student. Maybe someday my enigmatic response will prompt the recipient to request additional information.  If so I think I’ll lead with:  “When seconds count the police are only minutes away.”  I’ll follow that up with an eloquent version of “God made man but Samuel Colt made all men equal” tailored to my listener. If I can tell that I haven’t yet won over my audience I’ll try this empathetic approach with a poignant ending…”it’d be nice if we could all just get along… but as long as criminals can veto your peace plan you should learn how to protect yourself and your family. I know that guns are an emotional issue for many and it’s hard to sway emotion with something as pedestrian as logic but on occasion it works.  I just don’t put in the time anymore on this issue unless I really care for the person. If you have a gun free home, I hope someone cares enough about you to discuss armed self defense and how firearms skills are more important* than the firearms themselves.  If not, then...

Buy Your Gun From The Government – The CMP

Have you heard the news?  The Federal Government wants U.S. citizens, especially youth to learn how to properly and safely fire a rifle.  You can even buy your gun from the government. About the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) was chartered by Congress in 1903 specifically for these purposes and “any U.S. citizen who is legally not prohibited from owning a firearm may purchase a military surplus rifle from the CMP.”  The Army ran the CMP until 1996 when it turned over operations to a Federally chartered non-profit organization called the Corporation for the Promotion of Rifle Practice & Firearms Safety (CPRPFS).  The U.S. Government no longer funds the CMP but does continue to donate surplus weapons, parts, accessories and ammunition. CMP Eligibility In order to purchase guns, parts, accessories, training information or ammunition from the CMP you must be a U.S. citizen and meet certain (very easy to meet) additional eligibility requirements.  You can meet these requirements in several ways, including: Membership in a CMP affiliated club.  CMP affiliated clubs operate in every state in the nation and offer firearms safety training, marksmanship courses, practice opportunities and competitions.  Find a CMP affiliated club in your state. Membership in a “special affiliate.”  Special Affiliates may have to show documentation proving marksmanship and safe firearm handling training or experience. Congressionally chartered veterans’ organizations such as the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, Marine Corps League. U.S. Military services (active or reserves), National Guard, to include retirees. Professional (non-profit) law enforcement organizations like the Fraternal Order of Police or National Association of Police Organizations Proof of Marksmanship or Safe Firearm Handling experience (not required for those over age 60) Current or past military service (presumably ID Card or DD214) Current or past law enforcement service Participation in a rifle, pistol, air gun or shotgun...

Top 10 Tips for Buying Your First Gun, Part 2

In Part 1 of the Top 10 Tips for Buying Your First Gun (published on Saturday) we discussed, in detail the first five steps  I recommended to my brother-in-law and a few buddies the steps to buy their first firearm for home or self defense. I’ll outline those steps (italicized) here and proceed to explain steps six through ten. Please return to Part 1 to read about the first five steps in detail if you missed that article. Also remember that firearms regulations vary tremendously across the U.S. Make sure that you keep it legal. 1.  Determine whether you are mentally capable of using lethal force to protect yourself and your loved ones. 2.  Decide what type of firearm is right for your situation. 3.  Learn the rules of gun safety. 4.  Take a class or hire an individual instructor. 5.  Decide how to safely store your firearm. 6.  Purchase Your Gun:  Your options include private purchase, gun shop/dealer, gun show or buying your gun from the government through the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). Private Purchase: You enter into a private contract with another party to purchase a firearm that they already own. Never offer to purchase a firearm that someone doesn’t yet owned because this could be construed as a ‘straw purchase.’ A straw purchase is when one party purchases the firearm ‘legally’ then sells the gun (illegally) to a third party. This was the mechanism that the Justice Department facilitated during the recent Fast & Furious Scandal to put U.S. firearms in the hands of Mexican drug gangs. Features & Tips: Expect to dicker on price so make sure you know before negotiating how much that particular firearm is worth. Research your firearm’s value on sites like Gunbroker or Gun Digest. If you’re not purchasing from someone you know well… make sure to meet in a public...

Top 10 Tips for Buying Your First Gun, Part 1

Introduction Today’s post is in response to a question from my brother-in-law (sister’s husband) who is considering the purchase of his first firearm for self and home defense.  I’ve taken my brother-in-law shooting at the farm and he’s a great shot with a rifle… and has demonstrated an understanding of basic firearms safety.  Unfortunately, he and my sister live several states away and his firearms experience is primarily limited to structured rifle ranges from summer camps he attended and worked for…so I’m limited to providing him advice instead of stepping through the process with him.  Reviewing the advice I provide my brother-in-law may help you develop your own steps to responsible defensive firearms ownership. Top 10 Tips for Buying Your First Gun Before purchasing a firearm for self defense you must determine for yourself whether you are capable of using it to protect yourself and your loved ones.  In the parlance of Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Dave Grossman in his essay On Sheep, Wolves, and Sheepdogs…you should only arm yourself if you are willing to become a ‘sheepdog.’  According to Grossman ‘sheepdogs’ and ‘wolves’ are both capable of violence but the ‘sheepdog’ uses violence only to protect the ‘sheep’ and his/her fellow ‘sheepdogs.’  If you are not willing to use violence to protect yourself and your family then your firearms are nothing but an opportunity waiting for the right ‘wolf’ to come along and turn them against you and your neighbor.  If, after careful reflection you are willing to become a ‘sheepdog’ then proceed to Step 2. Decide in a general sense, what type of firearm is right for your situation.  Are you planning to become licensed to Carry a Concealed Weapon (CCW)…if so you’ll want something concealable.  If you live on a farm or ranch you may need something with more range because you’re dealing with predators (the four...

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